Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you thought you messed up too greatly for God to rescue you? Have you wondered if you made a mess that only you could clean up because you exited the grace of God? Have you ever thought of yourself as greater and more powerful than you really are, overestimating your cosmic capabilities?
Wasn't expecting that last question, huh? Anytime you think you've messed up too greatly, that's exactly what you're doing. You're elevating yourself above a position of God's grace and mercy. And you, my friend, just aren't that powerful. The love of God covers a multitude of sins. And we know that His love is so great that He sent His son to die for us while we were still sinners. No where in the Bible is there an exception to this rule.
So the next time you think your mistake is bigger than His grace, I would advise you go to Romans 12:3
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
The Bible records the guilt-ridden cry of many through the ages who were crushed by the weight of their sin as they encountered Holy God. Isaiah saw the glory of God as His presence filled the Temple and he cried out, “Woe to me, I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips” (Isaiah 6:5). The Apostle Paul called himself “the worst of sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15). When you feel as if you've gone too far, you're listening to the shouts of Satan. The enemy will use our very common and natural feelings of unworthiness to lead us away from God’s grace and love rather than toward Him. He is called ‘The Accuser,” “The Father of Lies,” “The Adversary, and he has already determined in his heart that he will never accept the love of God. He is desperate for humans to agree with him that God is not great, so he whispers in our ear, “God will not forgive you. You have gone past the limit of His grace. There is no hope for you, now.”
But the unlimited love of God will not stop pursuing us no matter how far we might flee from Him. There is no darkness that His light cannot dispel. There is no cruelty that His gentleness cannot transform. There is no addiction that His power cannot tame. There is no lust that His faithfulness cannot purify. There is no greed that His generosity cannot quell. The death of Jesus has paid the penalty for the totality of our sin, and He freely offers forgiveness to all who put their trust in Him.
As long as we follow the steps that God sets out in the Bible, we will be forgiven, since his capacity to forgive is greater than our sins. He can forgive serious sins as well as those that have been repeated many times. You are supposed to feel bad about your mess-up! James 4:9 says that sinners should “Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.” Psalm 38:18b says, “I will be in anguish over my sin.” So, don’t feel bad about feeling bad! In fact, if you can sin and not feel bad about it, you are in a dangerous spiritual condition. The Holy Spirit uses those feelings of guilt and shame to convict us of our sin and motivate us to do something about it. This is why when you feel bad about something you’ve done, you cannot afford to ignore that feeling. The guilt or shame you feel is like the fuel gauge in your car. It’s telling you something you need to know and that would be dangerous for you to ignore. I don’t want to hear my car telling me that the tank needs to be filled again. But it’s something I need to know so I can properly respond to the situation. That’s what feelings of guilt do for us when we’ve messed up. They let us know we need to do something to correct our transgression.
God loves you for who you are, right now. Now, make no mistakes, when we do something wrong He feels it very deeply—but the reason is because He loves us, and He knows that we are only hurting ourselves (and also others) when we sin. Let me be clear: God hates sin, and He hates it when we sin. But the main reason is because sin separates us from Him, and He knows how deeply we damage our lives and our souls when we sin. It's no wonder the Bible compares sin to a forest fire that destroys everything in its path (James 3:5-6). We must remember: God knows all about our past, and there is nothing—absolutely nothing—we can confess to Him that He doesn’t already know. And yet He still loves you! The proof is that Jesus Christ gave His life for our salvation. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). This is worth celebrating.